March 28, 2014
Maryland Commissioner Delivers Passionate Speech About God Before Defying Judge's Order and Saying A Christian PrayerTopics: Faith, Political News and commentaries
Out of respect for my colleagues -- I'm not sure how strongly they feel about it. I'm willing to go to jail over it," Frazier said during the meeting, referring to Jesus Christ twice despite the ruling.Carroll County, Md., commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier says she's willing to go to jail for standing up for her rights as an American citizen and saying a Christian prayer ... the very same prayer she says was said by George Washington.
Via The Blaze (Must watch video at link):
Just two days after a U.S. district judge issued a preliminary injunction barring sectarian prayer at government meetings in Carroll County, Md., commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier ignored the order and opened Thursday's budget meeting with an invocation referencing Jesus Christ.
The Carroll County Times reported that Frazier "seemed near tears" when she openly voiced her dissatisfaction with the injunction, which was signed Tuesday by U.S. District Court of Maryland Judge William D. Quarles Jr.
"I'm willing to go to jail over it. I believe this is a fundamental of America and if we cease to believe that our rights come from God, we cease to be America," she said. "We've been told to be careful. But we're going to be careful all the way to communism if we don't start standing up and saying 'no.'"
The prayer Frazier delivered was one she said was written by President George Washington (though some historians later rebutted that the nation's first president wasn't truly the author).
Regardless, the text mentioned Jesus more than once, which is a violation of the judge's order that commissioners not use "the name of a specific deity associated with any specific faith or belief," Reuters reported.
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The full transcript of the prayer recited by Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier is here ...
The next Carroll County commissioners meeting is Tuesday, April 1 at 10a.m. Unlike last time, the attorney for the American Humanist Association has indicated they will seek contempt charges if the Commissioner mentions Jesus' name in prayer again (claiming that mentioning Jesus in public somehow 'violates' the constitution.). Whatever happened to the 'free exercise thereof'?
The Carroll County Board of Commissioners has issued a statement articulating its position:
"Within the next few months, the United States Supreme Court will be issuing a ruling on legislative prayer that the Board believes will supersede and overturn this temporary injunction. If the Supreme Court rules as the Board and its legal counsel believes it will, this lawsuit will soon be over in favor of our county. In legislative prayer cases similar to this case, other federal court judges have made very different decisions. The only legislative prayer case ever decided by the United States Supreme Court, in 1983, allowed prayers in Jesus' name at legislative meetings."The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this was ... God bless this woman for speaking up for all of us who are sick and tired of the government and the judiciary working with the atheists to override the will of the roughly 80% of Americans that are Christian and the 4.7% of other faiths who care about their right to pray ... wherever and whenever they damn well please! (Only 4% are atheist or agnostic).
Frazier's damn well spot-on in saying that "this is a fundamental of America and if we cease to believe that our rights come from God, we cease to be America. And yes, if she and the rest of us keep submitting and and not taking a stand and saying 'no', we are indeed "going to be careful all the way to communism.
And as for the historian's rebuttal of commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier's claim that the prayer came from George Washington, George Washington was a devoted member of the Anglican Church and commissioner Frazer had good reason to believe that the prayer was that of George Waahington. She likely got it from 'George Washington's Prayer Journal' via William Jackson Johnstone's , George Washington, the Christian (New York: The Abingdon Press, New York & Cincinnati, 1919), pp. 24-35.
Also in The Wisdom of George Washington by Bill Bailey.
Hat tip - Mike @stonewoodforge.
Posted by Hyscience at March 28, 2014 2:11 PM
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